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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Arden Hills site for a Vikings stadiumJobs a key issue in Vikings stadium debate
    Supporters of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings say the jobs it will create are a key benefit. They say the stadium will help bolster a struggling construction sector.6:55 a.m.
  • Expert: Flu vaccine still has value despite new study
    Flu season is here. You've seen vaccination signs everywhere from the drug store to the grocery store. But now you're wondering what to do after hearing the news that the flu vaccine is not as effective as previously thought. If you missed it, a new study out Tuesday found that flu vaccines provide only moderate protection against influenza.7:20 a.m.
  • Taconite ready to goPermits allow mining expansion, require reduced pollution
    Two permits have been approved to allow a major expansion at U.S. Steel's taconite plant in Keewatin on the western end of the Iron Range.7:25 a.m.
  • A new deadline is made on American Crystal Sugar lockout
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with northwestern Minnesota reporter Dan Gunderson about the 3-month-old labor dispute at American Crystal Sugar and the oil boom in neighboring North Dakota.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Supercommittee Reconvenes On Deficit Reductions
    The deficit-cutting supercommittee re-emerges Wednesday morning with its first public meeting in more than a month. The group is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions by late November. If it fails, automatic, across-the-board cuts follow.
  • How And Who Does New Refinancing Rule Help?
    Ari Shapiro talks with Edward DeMarco, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, about the Obama administration's efforts to help more Americans refinance their homes.
  • In Northwest Town, A Local Fight Against Global Coal
    Plans are afoot to build new coal terminals on the West Coast to ship the lucrative commodity to China. But the mayor and activists in Bellingham, Wash., want to keep the city's green image and move beyond its industrial past.
  • Occupy Oakland Protesters Clash With Police
    Ari Shapiro speaks with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Matthai Kuruvila about Tuesday's dramatic clashes between police in Oakland, California, and protesters supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement.
  • Outspoken Ambassador To Syria Returns To U.S.
    U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford has been brought home from Syria because of fears for his safety. His very public criticism of government repression and his expressions of support for protesters — attending the funeral of a slain activist, for example — have brought threats. The United States accuses Syria's state-run media of inciting violence against him.
  • Fresh Violence Strains Reforms For Turkish Kurds
    The Turkish military launched its biggest military operation in a decade after a deadly raid last week by Kurdish militants. The operation comes as politicians begin to debate a new constitution that many hope will grant Turkey's Kurdish population long-sought civil rights.
  • Inside-Trading Suspect To Surrender; IBM Names CEO
    Federal prosecutors are set to file criminal charges Wednesday against Rajat Gupta, a board member of Goldman Sachs. He's been investigated for his ties to hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Also, IBM has announced a new CEO. Virginia Rometty will be the first woman to run the 100-year-old technology company.
  • South Africa Reconsiders Walmart's Bid For Retailer
    Earlier this year the South African government approved Walmart's takeover of Massmart, the region's largest retail chain. Now that ruling faces an appeal. Massmart gets roughly 90 percent of its products from South Africa, but opponents say Walmart's business model means that likely won't continue.
  • Most Reliable Cars: Toyota At Top; Jaguar At Bottom
    Consumer Reports has come out with its ranking of car reliability. Toyota's Scion brand topped the list. Luxury carmaker Jaguar was at the bottom. Chrysler was rated most improved.
  • Owner Of Honda With 1 Million Miles Gets New Car
    Joe LoCicero's 1990 Honda Accord recently hit 1 million miles. The damage claims inspector from Maine calls the car "True Blue." He drives a lot for work and swears the engine and transmission are original. To mark the milestone, Honda gave him a new 2012 Accord. He still drives the old one.

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